Save some very cute critters in Creatures of Ava, launching this year

Shoot animals... with a camera. Phew.

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The key art for Creatures of Ava.

Monster catching? Been there. Monster battling? Done that. Monster saving? That’s not quite as popular. Announced today at the Xbox Partner Preview, Creatures of Ava is an action-adventure game about taming creatures to save them from an all-consuming life-threatening infection. After that, simply let them exist. The game is set to launch later this year.

The world in Creatures of Ava is filled with wild beings. These creatures were once peaceful, but an unknown infection is causing them to act aggressively. Heal them, then play indigenous Flute melodies to tame them. After being healed they form a unique bond with protagonist Vic, allowing the creatures to use their skills for travel and solving environmental challenges.'s Discord banner. You click on it to be taken to the Website's Discord server

Vic, still quite young at the age of 22, is an adventurer on an immersive expedition with a researcher named Tabitha. The recurring infection, known as the whithering to the local Naam population, is threatening the inhabitants of Ava. Vic will have to confront the infection by healing the creatures. Gameplay relies on curiousity-driven exploration of its distinct ecosystems that create an interconnected world. Ecosystems include the colourful Nari jungle and the mysterious Mâruba swamp.

The game’s narrative was co-created by Rhianna Pratchett. Today I learned: Terry Pratchett’s daughter is a renowned video game writer. She was a writer for Mirror’s Edge, a writer for CSI: Fatal Conspiracy, and lead writer for 2013’s Tomb Raider and 2015’s Rise of the Tomb Raider. Once Creatures of Ava players learn the true meaning of infection, they’ll be challenged to leave the human-centered world and learn about the toll it takes to preserve Ava’s primal beauty.

Creatures of Ava is being published by 11 bit studios, who actually had a pretty big presence at today’s Xbox Partner Preview. It announced that Frostpunk 2 would be released for PC on July 25, and showed off gameplay of The Alters for the first time.

Developed by Inverge and Chibig, Creatures of Ava will initially be released for Windows PC and Xbox Series in 2024 – the use of the word “initially” means I expect it will launch on other consoles later on.

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Lindsay picked up an NES controller for the first time at the age of 6 and instantly fell in love. She began reviewing GBA games 20 years ago and quickly branched out from her Nintendo comfort zone. She has has developed a great love of life sims and FMV titles. For her, accessibility is one of the most important parts of any game (but she also really appreciates good UI).

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